fraud prevention month

Fraud Prevention Month 2017

Today is the start of Fraud Prevention Month 2017

As explained by the Government of Canada’s Competition Bureau “Fraud Prevention Month is an annual public awareness campaign held in March that works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by helping them recognize reject and report it.”

For fraud prevention month 2017 there will be many organizations large and small who will be contributing informative and educational material about fraud prevention.

fraud prevention month

To get our fraud prevention month 2017 campaign off on a good start we will share these prevention tips from the Competition Bureau of Canada:

Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraud

  • Don’t be fooled by the promise of a valuable prize in return for a low-cost purchase.
  • Be extra cautious about calls, emails or mailings offering international bonds or lottery tickets, a portion of a foreign dignitary’s bank account, free vacations, credit repair or schemes with unlimited income potential.
  • Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone, delete the email or close your Internet connection.
  • Don’t purchase a product or service without carefully checking out the product, service and company.
  • Don’t be afraid to request further documentation from the caller so you can verify the validity of the company.
  • Don’t disclose personal information about your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, social insurance and driver’s license numbers to any business that can’t prove it is legitimate.
  • Shred unwanted personal information such as bank statements, credit card bills, unwanted receipts, cheques, pre-approved credit applications and old tax returns.
  • Check your credit report every year and report problems immediately.
  • If a scam artist contacts you, or if you’ve been defrauded: Report it! Your reports are vital to the anti-fraud efforts of law enforcement agencies.


Home Buying Tip

A Home Buying Tip that can help you buy the right home

Here is a home buying tip for those of you looking to buy your next home. When doing a home inspection make sure to be there during the actual inspection of the house by the home inspector.

In a future article and in follow up with our home buying tip we will share more information about the importance of hiring a home inspector.

Another home buying tip is don’t hire the first home inspector you see in the news paper advertisement, but rather, call around and ask friends and family whether they know of any trusted and experienced home inspectors they can refer you to.

In this post we are also highlighting the Government of Ontario’s agency responsible for the protection of the consumer when it comes to these types of matters, the Consumer Protection Ontario. On their web site you will find helpful information and home buying tips.

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Walking through the home inspection with the Home Inspector can also be a learning experience for you as the inspection is a thorough one where all sections and technical operations of the home are looked at to make sure there are no dangerous or critical problems with the home.

home buying tipYou can visit the web site of The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors where you can find helpful information about home inspectors, including home buying tips.